Dr. El-Bermawy teaches students during chemistry class.


A chemistry major provides a foundation for students planning to work in industrial manufacturing, conduct research, go on to graduate school leading to an advanced degree, or study further in professional programs. Chemistry majors will learn about the use of equations, stoichiometry, formulas, redox reactions, organic reactions and mechanisms, spectroscopy, thermodynamics, and qualitative and quantitative analysis. They also will learn critical thinking, problem solving and how chemistry is connected to everything in the universe. Students will learn various topics in general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and how to apply them to solve research problems.


Chemistry majors gain vital skills in research, critical thinking and writing, and collaborative problem solving — all essential to succeed in today’s career marketplace. Chemistry is everywhere in the world. It’s in the food you eat, clothes you wear, the water you drink, the medicines you take, the air you breathe and the cleaners you use. Chemistry often is called the “central science” because it connects several sciences to each other.


Visits to companies such as Continental Cement and ADM
Experts in classrooms
Travel Study classes to different countries (the most recent was Spain)


Graduates with a chemistry major can work as analytical chemists, research chemists, synthetic chemists, chemical and pharmaceutical researchers, food researchers, petroleum researchers, pollution and environmental scientists, food and agricultural chemists, teachers and quality control chemists. Graduates also continue on to graduate or professional schools.


“The chemistry field has provided me with a wealth of knowledge and has helped me progress towards my goals of becoming a physician. The professors are always willing to help if I have trouble understanding. Out of the many chemistry classes offered, biochemistry was particularly interesting. Discovering the complex chemical processes that result in the basic actions undertaken by the cell was an incredible experience.”
–Davy Ketsenburg ‘19


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